The Museum Leadership Program (MLP) is running in 2018. Presented in association with the Gordon Darling Foundation, MLP is an intensive, residential program for high-level museum and gallery professionals. An outstanding international faculty provides participants with the multiple tools now required in leadership roles.
It is testament to the program that Sir Nicholas Serota CH, has accepted to be a key faculty member for the 2018 Museum Leadership Program. Sir Serota was director of The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, and the Whitechapel Gallery, London, before becoming in 1988 director of the Tate, the United Kingdom's national gallery of modern and British art. He has been Chair of Arts Council England since February 2017. He has been the chairman of the Turner Prize jury.
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When: 21 - 26 October 2018
Course fee: $3,960
Arts Tasmania has supported a bursary to cover the course fee for one Tasmanian to attend the Museum Leadership Program. Applicants should apply directly to the Museum Leadership Program, noting their intention to apply for the bursary. Make an expression of interest now to firstname.lastname@example.org to be advised when formal applications are required.
Testimonial from a local
Andy Baird (then Acting Deputy Director, Audience Engagement, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart) - MLP 2015
Across a week of intense thinking, learning and immersion, the Museum Leadership Program provided a multitude of insights large and small. I dug the well and definitely struck water and, as hoped, reignited the passion for museums as the place to be.
Key insights? The idea of creating a powerful ‘foundation myth’ for a museum as espoused in the session with Neil MacGregor had particular resonance; it opened up understanding of how a poetic, visual, and intellectually robust yet simple narrative can guide an institution in such diverse ways as defending beneficiaries (the public) against threats, aiding partnership development, fostering community engagement, embracing the online world and brokering discussion around object ownership.
Conversely from the same day’s session: the empowerment that arose from a realisation that we in Australia and New Zealand have a significant divergence from British imperialism in our understanding and respect for First Nations’ intellectual and property ownership and where knowledge resides – apologies to Neil if I’m misrepresenting.
I learnt, with no great surprise, that I’m on ‘L’ plates with social media engagement, but now I can see how to turn the ignition key and the opportunities are so bloody evident! ‘Elegant design’ as a feature of good strategy (and solutions in general) was another brilliant framing of perspective and a criteria-tool for seeking solutions. And the creed about focusing on the important rather than the urgent – I wish.
Of course, the chance to talk shop with diverse fellows, now a network of colleagues across Australasia who share so many similar challenges, will be an invaluable help in the digging that will come with an ongoing career in learning and museum leadership. Yep, the MLP program was – is – a fantastic opportunity and highly recommended: Dig in!